LAAT is bringing additional expertise on board to support the Trust’s exciting plans for sustainable growth in Lincolnshire. A part of these plans Jon Brown has been appointed as a new Schools Effectiveness Adviser (SEA) to strengthen the School Improvement Team, while Nicola Southwell builds on the Trust’s business capability in the newly created role of HR Adviser.
Jon has a wealth of experience in primary and special school leadership, most recently as CEO of the Mayflower Trust of special schools, and has considerable expertise in curriculum development, RE teaching and learning. His passion for transforming the lives of children and communities through education will enhance LAAT’s already strong belief in education as a lever for social justice and its commitment to supporting all schools to be the best that they can be.
Since training as a teacher over 20 years ago Jon has expanded his skills across a range of educational roles, including as headteacher of a school which he and his dedicated team took from special measures to outstanding. Jon also has a deep understanding of educational priorities which will prove invaluable in his new role at LAAT.
Commenting on his appointment, Jon says he shares the Trust’s vision to support school improvement through excellence, exploration and encouragement within the love of God. He explains: “I particularly like LAAT’s community focus and how they encourage each school within the Trust to retain and develop their own identity as part of their local community.” Jon says he is looking forward to being part of something bigger and playing his part in LAAT’s plans to grow. He concludes: “The Trust has built a fantastic reputation and I am keen to build on that reputation and make a real difference to the lives of children in a mutually-supportive family of schools.”
Nicola Southwell joins LAAT’s expert team with an impressive portfolio of professional skills and is currently studying for her CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Human Resource Management. Her career to date includes senior roles at retail giant, Tesco, partnering with people and business functions on a series of initiatives, projects and activities that enhanced the value of HR within the organisation. During her time at Tesco she advised, coached, and guided leaders to enhance their practical application of people functions, from succession plans to disciplinary, grievance and trade union negotiations.
On leaving Tesco in November 2021 Nicola engaged in new learning to accredit pre-existing HR skills before starting her search for a new challenge. “I felt eager and ready for more,” she explains. “The position of a new HR Adviser at LAAT really interested me and I was delighted when my application was successful.”
Drawing on 10+ years of HR, coaching and leadership experience, Nicola says she is passionate about people and the HR strategies that unify business ambitions with winning people processes. Summing up, she comments: “I am excited to be embarking on my new career with LAAT, sharing my knowledge of employment law and HR best practice, and helping to steer improvement in colleagues, people processes and performance across the Trust.”